British celebrity chef to open Italian eatery in South Nicosia
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is to open his first Jamie’s Italian Eatery in South Nicosia next year after signing a deal with the biggest group of franchised restaurants and cafes on the island.
PHC Franchised Restaurants Public Ltd, who already represent the Pizza Hut, Café Nero, KFC and Taco Bell brands, announced that they hoped to open the first outlet in the first half of 2016 to be followed by more in major towns.
The British chef’s Italian chain now numbers 42 eateries across the UK since he launched his first in Oxford in 2008 and global outlets include Istanbul, Australia, Ireland, Russia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Information on franchising on his website advises that it cost “upwards of” £1 million to open a Jamie’s Italian Eatery.
The real food activist said that he had been “besotted by the love, passion and verve for food, family and life itself that just about all Italian people have, no matter where they’re from or how rich or poor they are. And that’s what I’m passionate about – good food for everyone, no matter what.”
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation runs food education programmes with schools in the UK, while his Ministry of Food centres hold nutritious cookery courses and workshops and a Fifteen Apprentice Programme has seen 149 apprentices graduate since 2002 and taught over 1000 people last year.